There is a direct link between you and San Francisco Bay. What you send down your drain can affect the wastewater system all the way from your home or business to the Bay. Everyday products, whether at home or in your business can wreak havoc on your plumbing, plug up the treatment plant's equipment and or contain materials that can pass through the treatment plant directly to the Bay.
A CLEAN BAY BEGINS WITH YOU
Ensuring that pollutants do not enter the Bay is a job we all share. Here are ways you can help to keep the Bay clean.
Everyday products can contain materials that may not be completely removed by the wastewater process, possibly ending up in the Bay and impacting aquatic life. Find out about alternative products and how to properly dispose of items like:
Did you know that when you flush your unused medicines down the toilet, they cannot be fully removed by traditional wastewater treatment processes? That means they can end up in the Bay. The best way to protect the Bay and safely get rid of your expired and unwanted medicines is to discard them at a designated collection site. EBMUD provides pharmaceutical disposal bins at nine sites.
Pretreatment and pollution prevention programs help industries and businesses reduce the discharge of pollutants to the community sewer and ultimately the Bay. Certain businessess and activities are required obtain a permit and or to implement best management practices to help with Bay protection.